Ok, so first things first, i saw crumples around the box where it looked like someone used straps to truck it at some point in its lifetime. I went ahead and had the truck driver note the box damage just to be safe. The box/pallet fit in through the door jam with a little bit of room (without removal of door so that was nice at least) and we trucked it back to my office/game/room/baby play area, heh.
I opted not to save the box, so I cut it away starting at the "truck this side". One thing I will say, as you cut the box away, be VERY careful when you get to the other sides. The backbox is not far from the corners and there is nothing protecting it while you cut things away. Luckily i noticed this as I was cutting the box away.
Rather than try and hold it up while my wife bolted on the back legs we had some big heavy buckets (one filled with paint, the other with paver sand) that we just covered with a soft blanket and we used that as the "stand" to support it while we put the back legs on. I'm glad we went this route as this thing is a TANK, I was not expecting it to be that heavy.
Got it upright and looked at the stuff stuck to the PF glass, mentioned earlier in this thread, I was expecting to see something about packing material on the PF itself, but I could find none. This had me a bit paranoid as other had said non-removal of it could damage the machine. Looked and looked and couldnt find anything. took the glass off and brought up the PF to take a closer look. still nada so i figured they must have stopped doing that?
A few minor gripes: The glass was a bit dirty, and to be expected on the outside being crated and shipped and all, but there were some marks and smudges on the inside of the glass:
Luckily it just whiped off, there a few other marks in other areas (by the balloon) but since they whiped off I figured they wernt picture worthy.
There was also a small nick (id say half an inch in size) on the inside of the cabinet, where its painted black directly underneath the glass. Would have been nice if they would have just touched that up with some black paint b4 shipment.
On the back box, one side where the tin man is, towards the back where the side seam meets the back of the back box, there is a small white line, but it doesn’t look damaged as its under some sort of clear coat, perhaps just a small artwork printing issue? I didn't take a pic yet as I havent decided how "nit picky" I will be about this stuff.
Anyways, cleaned off the balls, dropped them in. Moved it towards its new home and levelled it out. Powered it up and wifey tested her out. It came installed with version 1.23 btw. I will be updating it when I get home tonight.
I know I had a few gripes above (i'd like to see a little better QC), but I don’t want that to detract from the sheer amazement at this thing. It is simply, beautiful..
Watching the game progress, the sounds, the graphics (and i assume its even better in 1.25) just blew us away. Overall, I am extremely happy with the purchase so far. Course, now I actually need to play it. By the time all this got done and It was my turn to play, I was half awake just wanting to get some sleep. Should be a fun weekend ahead.
I hope those who prepaid get theirs ASAP and I hope it lives up to their expectations. Feel free to ask me any Q's.